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Farewell, Winamp!

winampSome saw this acoming, many of the early MP3 adopter will miss it.
Winamp 5.666 will definitely be the last release of the legendary,
15 years-old media player that revolutionized MP3 playback on Win95,
Win98, Win2K and XP. With Vista/Seven VLC and MPC HC took place.

Justin Frankel just announced the shutdown of the whole Winamp site on December 20th, 2013. Another fine player, taken down because a big company (in this case, AOL Warner) pulled the plug. Justin Frankel sadly announced the shutdown of the Winamp service during release of Winamp 5.66 on November 20th, 2013. 15 years where loyal users have always encouraged the whole programmer’s team to further develop on Winamp.

But what’s the real reason besides the fact, that AOL is no longer willing to keep Winamp online? Is it that the programmers simply don’t have the time to develop it anymore? Or has Winamp lost the connection to MPC HC / VLC Media Player? There are several speculations. Rumors say that Justin Frankel and his team simply doesn’t have the time anymore to work on Winamp against the competitors. Other rumors say that Justin Frankel didn’t want to have the AOL tag residing on his teenager dream project. Winamp once was programmed and published alone from the Winamp team until version 3.00. With version 5.00, AOL Time Warner has purchased Winamp and the team and further on released Winamp as a project of their portfolio while Justin Frankel is the origin programmer of Winamp.

So what does this mean to Winamp fans? Upon December 20th, 2013, the official site (and redirecting sites) will become unavailable. So if you’re going to get Winamp after  that date, you’ll have to bookmark this post or search for it via Google.

People who want to go Pro (and have the oppportunity to rip CDs out of Winamp and encode it to MP3/AAC out of the box) will want to register for a licence code before December 20th, 2013. Unfortunately you’ll have no legal method to unlock the pro features anymore except AOL/Winamp team will make Winamp Pro become free for all then.

Update – November, 27th 2013 – Version bugfix 5.666

Notes for (potential) Pro users: The shop however is already unavailable and thus there’s no possibility to obtain a licence key for Pro unlocking!
So if you want to grab the latest version which runs on 2000/XP/Vista/W7/W8,
get your preferred language version from the following table:

Language Lite version Full version
USA_UK  English Download Download
Germany  German Download Download
France  Français Download Download
Italy  Italiano Download Download
Spain  Spanish Download Download
Netherlands  Nederlands Download Download
Turkey  Türkçe Download Download
Russia  Русский Download Download
Poland  Polski Download Download
Sweden  Svenska Download Download
Romania  Limba Românã Download Download
Brazil_Portugal  Português Brasileiro Download Download
Korea  한국어 Download Download
Japan  日本語 Download Download
ROChina  简体中文 Download Download
TWChina  繁體中文 Download Download
*Also contains Pro version which needs registration code to unlock Pro features!
attention Please refrain from hotlinking to these files! – Instead link to this blog post.
Thank you for your attention.

If possible, I’ll try to provide Addons for Winamp as well. If you wish to see your skins here as well, leave a comment and a download URL to hotlink to. Otherwise I can probably host it as well.

November 22, 2013 Netspark - 1163 posts - Member since: May 9th, 2011 No Comments »

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